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Water-150 - Water Treatment Plant Operation Processes I - Silvia Lanza

Course:Water Treatment Plant Operation Processes I
Professor:Silvia Lanza
  • OnlineLive
  • HyFlex
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Silvia Lanza

Hello students! Welcome to Water 150! My name is Silvia Lanza, and I will be your instructor for this course.  This is a core course for a career in water treatment and distribution.  This is a fast-pace, 8-week class and is immediately followed by Water 151, the advanced water treatment course. Water 150 is intended as an introduction to the water treatment world for someone seeking a job in the water field.  

I look forward to meeting you!

Course Description

This course presents the basic operating principles and techniques of the conventional surface water treatment processes of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and filtration, plus those of disinfection processes.  Completion of this course will assist you in preparation for Grade T1 and T2 Water Treatment Plant Operator’s Certificate examination given by the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water.

What to Expect in this Course

Students have the option of attending class in person at the Canyon Country Campus or online via Zoom platform. This class is not self-paced instruction and the weekly lecture meetings are required.  All course materials, including the textbook and Zoom meeting information will be provided in Canvas. Students are responsible for checking the course Canvas materials and meeting all deadlines for homework, assignments, discussions, and exams. Students are also required to review the self-study materials posted weekly in Canvas. You can expect an average of 6-8 hours per week time commitment to complete assignments in addition to the weekly 3-hour live lecture.

Types of Assessments

The course assignments will consist of quizzes, discussion boards, research assignment, and exams.  All assignments, quizzes and discussion boards instructions will be provided online through Canvas.

Textbook Information

The Open Education Resources (OER) Textbook for this course is free to all students.  You can download a copy of the OER Textbook by clicking this link.  An electronic copy of the textbook will also be posted in Canvas. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 01/11/2023 Sub#: 1282